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December Family of the Month Meet the Martin Family

We are honored to present the Martin family—Jacob, Jennifer, Scout and Loie— as GCF’s December Family of the Month. When we met with the Martins, three things quickly became evident to us: their love for the Christmas season, their love of all things outdoors, and mostly their love for one another. Jacob and Jennifer first met at church when they were just kids; however it was anything but love at first sight! “We actually did NOT like each other at first,” Jennifer told us. “It wasn’t until years later that we reconnected, developed a relationship and it grew from there.” The two of them will be celebrating their 10 year wedding anniversary this April! Both Jennifer and Jacob are small business owners and freelance artists— Jennifer is a professional photographer specializing in births, weddings and families (Jennifer Martin Photography, www.jennifermartinphoto.com) and Jacob is an artist specializing in carpentry and woodworking (Found Piece, www.foundpiece.com).

“Owning our own businesses has been such a blessing to our family. It has given us the flexibility we need to take care of our children the way that we choose, and not feel chained to our work—especially since our careers are so much a part of our personal lives as well.” December is a very special month for the Martins and it brings several holiday traditions their way. “We try to pack December full of gingerbread houses, living room dance parties, seasonal hot chocolate, Christmas cookies, movies (Polar Express & Elf are huge hits over here!) and all of the above since we have a mere four weeks to enjoy it. Every year we visit Disney’s “Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party” and it has yet to disappoint. It’s something we anticipate and one of our favorite things to do together.” Celebrating each other in their own traditions, devoting themselves to family and friends, and working together for the good of others—these combine to keep love alive and well in the Martin family. We wish our Family of the Month a wonderful December and a very Merry Christmas as you share an abundance of love.

Family Favorites

Restaurants: We love to eat at PDQ, Fresh Kitchen, 4Rivers, and Chipotle. Favorite movies: We are big movie people so the list could go on and on! That being said, The Polar Express is Scout’s favorite—all year round, Band of Brothers is Jake’s and Tangled is the favorite for the girls. Word: “Synergy.” We used to always refer to this in our relationship and connection before we had kids, because we always thought we were better and stronger together as a couple than we were individually. Now that we have kids it means so much more. Local attraction: The beach! Scout is 100% a beach baby and he’s in his element when we are there. Jake also loves to fish, so it works out perfectly. Dream vacation: We would love to visit the west coast and the pacific north west—both are currently on our “to do” list for the future. We have also dreamt about going on a hot air balloon ride and it’s something we really want to do!

Meet the Kids Scout (4), is very active and energetic. He has a funny and goofy personality, not to mention a very infectious smile! Scout loves to talk and is most definitely creative and imaginative. He enjoys play-doh and painting, eating junk food at his grandparents and having sleepovers with his Irish twin and cousin Asa (who was born on the same day). Scout is also a very impressive big brother—always hugging, teaching and guiding Loie to safety (that is when he’s not trying to run her over with his power wheels). Can’t win ’em all! Like his father, Scout enjoys all things outdoors, including hiking, fishing, rock collecting and going to the mountains! You know, just general tomfoolery. He’s currently loving his balance bike, www.gulfcoastfamily.org

scooter and power wheels and spends a considerable amount of time outside on both. Loie (19 months) on the other hand is dainty but don’t be fooled, she’s spunky and sassy! She also has a genuinely sweet, playful spirit and loves to show affection—which is something we really enjoy about both of our kids. She’s currently chatty and we spend most of the day trying to figure out what she’s telling us! We have nicknamed her our doll baby because she’s tiny and gives fantastic hugs and kisses.

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